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HP Spectre x2 review: It beats a Surface Pro on value, if not performance

Our examination of HP’s Spectre x2 12.3-inch 2-in-1 inscription starts with a elementary question: Can HP continue a tradition of being an elegant, nonetheless durable choice to Microsoft’s Surface Pro flagship?

The answer is Yes. HP took a best pieces from its Elite x2 tablet and a first-generation Spectre x2 tablet (2015), afterwards updated a new Spectre x2 with a latest Kaby Lake chips. The Spectre x2 gives we some-more facilities for a income than a Surface Pro: Our $1,300 examination section enclosed both a keyboard and the stylus right in a box (hear that, Microsoft?). It’s a contrition this plain value is let down by intermediate battery life and a annoying fan. 

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Specs: Kaby Lake and an superb display 

HP will offer one $1,300 retail chronicle of a Spectre x2 (the one we tested):

  • Model name: Spectre x2 12-c012dx
  • CPU: Core i7-7560U
  • RAM: 8GB  LPDDR-1600
  • SSD: 360GB PCIe NVMe 

Four some-more SKUs will be accessible around HP.com:

An entry-level Core i5 chronicle for $1,150:

  • Model name: Spectre x2 12t
  • CPU: Core i5-7260U
  • RAM: 8GB LPDDR-1600
  • SSD: 128GB PCIe NVMe 

An entry-level Core i7 chronicle for $1,230:

  • Model name: Spectre x2 12-c052nr
  • CPU: Core i7-7560U
  • RAM: 8GB LPDDR-1600
  • SSD: 256GB PCIe NVMe 

Two higher-end Core i7 versions have these starting configurations and can be upgraded. This one starts during $1,670:

  • CPU: Core i7-7560U
  • RAM: 16GB  LPDDR-1600
  • SSD: 512GB PCIe NVMe 

The highest-end one starts during $1,970:

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